Industry champions
These companies are the most admired in their sector, according to their peers.
Company Industry Overall score
United Technologies Aerospace and Defense 7.30
Continental Airlines Airlines 7.71
Nike Apparel 8.02
Penske Automotive Group Automotive, Retailing 6.59
Anheuser-Busch Beverages 7.50
Martin Marietta Materials Building Materials, Glass 6.80
BASF Chemicals 7.06
EMC Computer Peripherals 7.63
Intuit Computer Software 7.41
Xerox Computers 7.28
Visa Consumer Credit Card and Related Services 6.98
Nestlé Consumer Food Products 8.08
FedEx Delivery 7.56
Aramark Diversified Outsourcing Services 6.62
FPL Group Electric and Gas 6.80
General Electric Electronics 7.44
Integrys Energy Group Energy 7.94
EMCOR Group* Engineering, Construction 7.55
Jacobs Engineering Group* Engineering, Construction 7.55
Walt Disney Entertainment 8.53
Dun & Bradstreet Financial Data Services 6.98
Tesco Food and Drug Stores 7.11
Archer Daniels Midland Food Production 7.06
McDonald's Food Services 7.72
International Paper Forest and Paper Products 8.56
Herman Miller Furniture 7.83
Wal-Mart Stores General Merchandisers 7.29
Aetna Health Care: Insurance, Managed Care 7.39
Kindred Healthcare Health Care: Medical Facilities 6.36
Medco Health Solutions Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 7.68
KB Home Homebuilders 6.58
Marriott International Hotels, Casinos, Resorts 8.22
Fortune Brands Household Products 7.81
Caterpillar Industrial and Farm Equipment 7.61
IBM Infotech Services 7.55
Aflac Insurance: Life and Health 6.68
Berkshire Hathaway Insurance: Property and Casualty 7.78
Google Internet Services and Retailing 7.73
3M Medical and Other Precision Equipment 6.96
Bank of America Megabanks 6.69
Alcoa Metals 7.05
Occidental Petroleum Mining, Crude-Oil Production 8.04
Toyota Industries Motor Vehicle Parts 6.84
BMW Motor Vehicles 6.50
Cisco Systems Network Communications 7.36
Pactiv Packaging, Containers 7.27
Exxon Mobil Petroleum Refining 7.79
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals 7.31
Spectra Energy Pipelines 6.61
Washington Post Publishing: Newspapers, Magazines 7.34
Union Pacific Railroads 7.97
Host Hotels & Resorts Real Estate 6.59
Simon Property Group Real Estate 6.59
Goldman Sachs Group Securities 7.75
Intel Semiconductors 7.57
Procter & Gamble Soaps and Cosmetics 7.69
Costco Wholesale Specialty Retailers 6.92
Bank of New York Mellon Superregional Banks (U.S.) 6.78
AT&T Telecommunications 7.05
Robert Half International Temporary Help 6.70
Altria Group Tobacco 8.01
Landstar System Trucking 6.64
Graybar Electric Wholesalers: Diversified 8.08
Avnet Wholesalers: Electronics 6.97
Sysco Wholesalers: Food and Grocery 7.98
Henry Schein Wholesalers: Health Care 6.84
From the March 16, 2009 issue
* This year companies whose industry scores are equal when rounded to two places will receive the same rank, i.e., they will tie. In cases of ties, companies are listed in alphabetical order.
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